The European Blue Card is a work permit to undertake employment in Europe. This blue card grants entry and residence to highly qualified workers.

EU Blue Card holders and their families can enter and stay in the EU country that issued the card and can also move freely to other EU member countries.

The Blue Card to work in Europe is designed for third-country nationals who wish to come to Europe for professional reasons.

Based on the blue card, more international talent can relocate to Europe.

To apply for a Blue Card, the applicant must:

Have a valid work contract or binding job offer for highly qualified employment with a duration of at least 1 year;

The foreigner must prove high-skills / qualifications needed to hold the highly-skilled position, and have a salary of at least 2 times the average gross salary in Romania.

For regulated professions: present documents proving that the national legal requirements are met;

For unregulated professions: present documents proving that the relevant higher professional qualifications are met;

Present a valid travel document, an application for a visa or a visa (if necessary), and a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa (if appropriate);

Present a proof of sickness insurance (or a proof of having applied for it).

In addition, the applicant must not pose a threat to public policy in the view of the Member State. S/he may also be required to provide his/her address in that Member State.

Blue Cards are issued by 25 of the 27 EU Member States. Ireland and Denmark do not grant Blue Cards.

Who can apply for the European blue card?

The EU Blue Card can only be applied for by people who are highly qualified in their professions. Non-EU foreigners who are going to carry out a work activity for which a higher education qualification is required can obtain the Blue Card.

Can asylum seekers benefit from the EU blue card?

Under the 2021 revised Blue Card Directive, highly skilled third-country citizens under international protection will be eligible to apply for an EU Blue Card.

How long will my EU blue card be valid?

The standard period of validity in Romania is: two years.

Specific rules: In Romania, the EU Blue Card is issued for a period of one year, and extended for the duration of the employment contract plus three months and up to two years maximum.

National law foresees that the maximum processing time for issuing a Blue Card in Romania is 30 days.

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